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Chewbacka

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Chewbacka last won the day on December 12 2016

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  1. The survey company is paid to summarise the ‘official survey’ responses, all else is just noise and probably just ‘filed’. So if you want your views on CRT to count it’s better to use the survey.
  2. When I got one a year or two ago I think they said it was a random third. But I also seem to remember the response rate was low.
  3. Which is why CRT who are in no hurry simply wait for the licence to expire, then say they are not ‘satisfied’ about something (usually cruising patterns) and refuse to issue a licence. If you do not have a licence for any reason (including because they won’t sell you one), then they will apply to the courts for s8 and as many in this situation have found, you must either remove the boat from their (CRT) waters or they will remove it and you will be responsible for their costs. If you fail to pay their costs the will sell your boat, returning any surplus to you.
  4. More interestingly, what was the battery voltage when the charging current was lower than expected?
  5. My Webasto unit came with a wire harness, so I guess the person that fitted the harness on your boat didn’t want to chop the harness to length - might give warranty problems, or not happy joining cables etc - so ‘lost’ the excess cable in routing it.
  6. Might sound daft, but dirty panels will have a low output, on my panels a single sheet of A4 on the panel has a massive effect, make sure they are clean and no patches of shade. It is also possible that the batteries are reasonably charged and won’t take more than a few amps at a safe charging voltage. This time of year the sun rises fairly early and by noon when the sun is high in the sky where peak power would be expected my panels output is very low, but that is because the batteries are almost full.
  7. The computer chips that drive the ecu are only made for a few years, so making a new ecu some years later is not possible, so the car makers buy a ‘lifetime buy’ of complete ecu modules and hold as stock. This is expensive, so they don’t want too buy too many, and they don’t want to sell them too quickly and run out. Plus you can only buy from the manufacture. So they charge to make a good profit and high enough not to run out of stock. I guess with electric cars with a lot more control electronics and displays, this will only get worse.
  8. Good place to keep magnets, you obviously remember where they are. I keep a couple of magnets on the end of my too box, but I shall move them to a fire extinguisher as it’s a good idea.
  9. On this basis it Probably needs a team of 8 to formulate a reply
  10. G&S canal is £1.60 domestic!!!
  11. If the only prep prior to applying epoxy was pressure washing and not grit blasting then there may be poor adhesion between the epoxy and steel hull. Best get the boat out and pressure wash to assess the condition of the epoxy, only then can it be determined what is the best action.
  12. I think the EA has bigger problems to worry about, a quick Google shows that a couple of years ago “The plant, run by Anglian Water, recorded nearly 4,200 hours of sewage spilling out into the River Great Ouse, which runs through much of north Bedfordshire”. Think about that the next time you think about swimming in the river.
  13. I doubt one has enough leg power to tread water whilst holding a push chair above water, probably just poor/sensationalist journalism. Though that does not diminish the selfless actions taken by the woman. Well done to her.
  14. There is nothing better than boating in a warm September, if you want to know the other side try it in a January, when it’s cold and rainy. Some are happy, many hate it - my wife hates it and I like it, but with your parents there are two on the boat, and it’s a very small space if one is miserable and grouchy……..
  15. I spoke to a couple of floor paint manufacturers and they told me I would be lucky to get more than a few years on a boat roof - being an ‘indoor’ floor paint they were not resistant to UV, and boat roofs get a lot of that.
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